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Kanchenjunga Circuit Short Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Short Trek - 18 Days

Overview and Highlights

Key Information

Best Seasons

Jan-Feb-March/Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec

Group Size

1 to 10

Duration

18D/17N

Trek Difficulty

Moderate

Maximum Altitude

5,143m/16,874ft

Accommodation

Lodge/ Teahouse

Meal

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Country

Nepal

Activity

Trekking

Trip Starts

Kathmandu

Trips Ends

Kathmandu

Kanchenjunga Circuit Short Trek, also known as the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, offers adventurers the chance to explore Nepal's remote and majestic eastern Himalayas. With its breathtaking views, diverse flora and fauna, and rich cultural encounters, this trek provides an unforgettable journey through one of the world's most pristine mountain regions.

Route and Itinerary

Kanchenjunga Circuit Short Trek begins in Taplejung, moving through lush valleys and terraced fields before ascending into high alpine regions. Our Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek itinerary includes two base camps—Kanchenjunga North BC and Kanchenjunga South base camp—offering a complete circuit of the Kanchenjunga massif. The journey encompasses diverse landscapes, from dense forests and glacial moraines to high mountain passes. Alternatively, we can design a trekking itinerary for Kanchenjunga South Base Camp or Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. 

Why Choose the Kanchenjunga Circuit Short Trek?

The third-highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga, stands at 8,586 meters. The Kanchenjunga circuit trek takes you around this colossal peak, providing unparalleled views and an immersive cultural experience. Kanchenjunga Trek Nepal is perfect for those seeking a less crowded route that still delivers high adventure and scenic beauty.

Main Highlights of the Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Short Trek offers trekkers an immersive experience through one of the most untouched and diverse regions of Nepal. Here are the main highlights that make this trek exceptional:

1. Stunning Mountain Views

Kanchenjunga Massif

  • Panoramic Vistas: Trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of Himalaya Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the third-highest mountain in the world.
  • Other Peaks: The circuit also offers views of Tent Peak (5,663 m/18,684 ft), Mt. Kambachen (7,902 m/25,925 ft) Janu (7,710m/25,295 ft), Yalung Kang, and other prominent peaks, providing a continuous backdrop of towering giants.

Base Camps

  • Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Pang Pema): Provides a close-up view of the northern face of Kanchenjunga, surrounded by glacial moraines and high peaks.
  • Kanchenjunga South Base Camp: Offers a different perspective on Kanchenjunga and surrounding peaks, highlighting the southern glaciers and rocky terrain.

2. Diverse Landscapes

Varied Terrain

  • Lush Valleys: Trek through fertile valleys filled with terraced fields and rhododendron forests.
  • Alpine Zones: Ascend to alpine meadows and glacial moraines, showcasing the trek's elevation diversity from tropical jungles to icy highlands.

Rivers and Waterfalls

  • Tamor River: Follow the Tamor River through deep gorges and past spectacular waterfalls, adding to the trek's natural beauty.
  • Glacial Lakes: Encounter pristine glacial lakes along the higher altitudes, reflecting the surrounding peaks.

3. Rich Cultural Experiences

Local Villages

  • Cultural Encounters: Pass through traditional Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa villages, each with unique customs, languages, and traditions.
  • Homestays: Experience authentic local hospitality through homestays and teahouses, engaging with the daily lives of the inhabitants.

Festivals and Traditions

  • Local Festivals: Time your Kanchanjunga Circuit Short trek to coincide with local festivals like Losar (Tibetan New Year) for a deeper cultural immersion.
  • Traditional Practices: Observe and participate in local agricultural practices and rituals.

4. Unique Flora and Fauna

Biodiversity

  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area: This protected region hosts a wide range of rare or endangered plant and animal species.
  • Wildlife: Potential sightings include Red Pandas, Snow Leopards, Blue Sheep, and various bird species, making the Kanchenjunga trek nepal a delight for nature enthusiasts.

Plant Life

  • Rhododendron Forests: During spring, the trails are ablaze with rhododendron blooms, adding vibrant colors to the landscape.
  • Alpine Flora: Encounter unique alpine plants adapted to high-altitude environments.

5. Challenging Passes and Kanchenjunga Trek highest altitude

Sele La Pass

  • High Passes: Crossing the Sele La Pass (4,290m) provides thrilling challenges and stunning panoramic views, offering a sense of accomplishment for trekkers.
  • Acclimatization Days: Structured acclimatization helps adapt to high altitudes, ensuring safety and enjoyment throughout the trek.

Remote Trails

  • Less Crowded Routes: Compared to other popular treks in Nepal, the Kanchenjunga Circuit is less traveled, allowing for a more solitary and peaceful trekking experience
  • Untouched Nature: The remote and rugged trails lead through some of Nepal’s most pristine natural environments.

6. Practical Trekking Insights

Permits and Regulations

  • Permits Required: Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and Restricted Area Permit (RAP) are mandatory for this trek.
  • Guided Treks: Due to the remoteness and restricted areas, it’s advisable to trek with an experienced guide.

Mount Kanchenjunga Trek Best Seasons

  • Optimal Times: The best periods to undertake the Kanchenjunga circuit trek are from March to May and September to November, when the weather is clear, and the trails are accessible
  • Weather Conditions: Prepare for varying weather conditions, from warm valleys to cold high altitudes.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Short Trek stands out for its combination of stunning natural beauty, rich cultural encounters, and challenging yet rewarding trekking experiences. Whether you’re drawn by the majestic views of Kanchenjunga, the vibrant local cultures, or the chance to explore one of Nepal's most remote regions, this trek promises a thrilling and deeply enriching adventure.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel (1400m/4,593ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly welcomed by our representative. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu, situated at an elevation of 1400 meters. Take this day to relax and prepare for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2 : Morning flight of 45 - 50 minutes to Bhadrapur, then Drive to Taplejung )1800m/5,905ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
1800

Your short flight will offer stunning views of the Himalayas, including the famous peak of Mount Everest, providing a thrilling start to your journey. As you drive to Taplejung, you'll pass through picturesque Nepalese villages and terraced fields, immersing yourself in the local culture.

Day 3 : Taplejung to Sekathum (1576m/5,170ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
1576

Begin your trek surrounded by lush forests and mountain views, with opportunities to interact with locals and witness traditional Nepalese life. Sekathum is a charming village nestled along the trail, offering a glimpse into the rural lifestyle of the region.

Day 4 : Sekathum to Amjilosa (2310m/7,578ft

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
2310

As you ascend through the scenic landscape, you'll pass through tranquil forests and pristine streams. Amjilosa is known for its serene atmosphere and traditional wooden houses, providing a peaceful setting for your overnight stay.

Day 5 : Amjilosa to Gyabla (2735m/8,973ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
2735

Enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks as you make your way to Gyabla, a picturesque village with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze. Immerse yourself in the local culture and savor the serene mountain ambiance.

Day 6 : Gyabla to Ghunsa (2735m/8,973ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
2735

Ghunsa is a renowned stop along the trek, renowned for its unique Tibetan culture and hospitality. Explore the traditional monastery and interact with friendly locals as you take in the majestic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Day 7 : Ghunsa to Khambachen (4050m/13,287ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
4050

Experience the stunning alpine scenery as you ascend to Khambachen, a high-altitude village situated in the shadow of towering peaks. The village offers a spectacular backdrop for your Himalayan adventure, with panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and its neighboring summits.

Day 8 : Acclimatization Day at Khambachen (4050m/13,287ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
4050

Today is acclimatization and rest day at Khambachen, situated at an altitude of 4050 meters. Use this day to rest, explore the surroundings, and allow your body to adjust to the high altitude. Enjoy the serene mountain views and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the Himalayas. It is crucial to acclimatize properly to prevent altitude-related issues and ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Day 9 : Khambachen to Lhonak (4800m/15,748ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
4800

Today's trek takes you from the serene village of Khambachen to the remote settlement of Lhonak, situated at an altitude of 4800 meters (15,748 feet). As you ascend to higher elevations, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the terrain as you make your way to Lhonak, a tranquil haven in the heart of the mountains.

Day 10 : Hike to Kanchenjunga North base camp (Pang Pema) 4800m/15,748ft and return to Lhonak

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
4800

Embark on an exciting hike to the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp at Pang Pema, situated at an altitude of 4800 meters (15,748 feet). The trail offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the sprawling glaciers. Take in the breathtaking scenery as you reach the base camp and soak in the majestic beauty of Kanchenjunga. After exploring the base camp, descend back to Lhonak, where you can rest and reflect on the awe-inspiring journey to the base camp.

Day 11 : Lhonak to Ghunsa (2735m/8,973ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
2735

Departing from the tranquil village of Lhonak, located at an altitude of 4800 meters (15,748 feet), you will descend to the charming settlement of Ghunsa at an elevation of 2735 meters (8,973 feet). The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and lush landscapes as you make your way towards Ghunsa. Take in the serene atmosphere of the mountains and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region upon reaching Ghunsa.

Day 12 : Trek to Sele Le Base Camp (4290m/14,074ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
4289

Embark on an exhilarating trek from Ghunsa to Sele Le Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 4290 meters (14,074 feet). This challenging yet rewarding journey will lead you through rugged terrain, pristine alpine landscapes, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas. Take in the panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks as you ascend towards Sele Le Base Camp, a remote and picturesque location that serves as a perfect base for further exploration of the region. Prepare to be enchanted by the pristine beauty of the mountains as you continue your adventure in this stunning Himalayan wilderness.

Day 13 : Trek from Sele Le Base Camp to Tseram (3870m/12,696ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
3870

Today's trek takes you from the remote Sele Le Base Camp to the village of Tseram, situated at an altitude of 3870 meters (12,696 feet). Prepare for a challenging yet rewarding journey as you traverse through rugged terrain, alpine landscapes, and breathtaking mountain views. Trekking from Sele Le Base Camp to Tseram will offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Himalayas and experience the peaceful ambiance of the region. Enjoy the picturesque surroundings as you continue your adventure towards Tseram.

Day 14 : Trek from Tseram to Ramche 4620m/15,157ft and Hike to Yalung South Base Camp

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
4618

On Day 14, you will trek from Tseram to Ramche, located at an altitude of 4620 meters (15,157 feet). The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and alpine landscapes as you make your way to Ramche. Upon reaching Ramche, you will embark on a hike to the Yalung South Base Camp, offering a close-up view of the majestic mountains. Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery and experience the thrill of being in the vicinity of the towering peaks of the Himalayas.

Day 15 : Trek from Ramche to Torongding (2340m/7,677ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
2339

On Day 15, you will trek from the picturesque village of Ramche to Torongding, located at an altitude of 2340 meters (7,677 feet). The trail offers a mix of stunning mountain views, lush forests, and tranquil surroundings as you descend towards Torongding. Take in the natural beauty of the region and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the lower elevations as you continue your trek.

Day 16 : Trek from Torongding to Yamphudin (2090m/6,856ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
2090

Embark on a scenic trek from Torongding to Yamphudin, situated at an altitude of 2090 meters (6,856 feet). The trail offers a mix of lush forests, picturesque landscapes, and cultural encounters as you make your way towards Yamphudin. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and the welcoming atmosphere of the local villages along the way.

Day 17 : Yamphudin to Ilam Bazar (800m/2,624ft)

Food
Breakfas/Dinner/Lunch
Accomodation
Lodge/Teahouse
Elevation
800

On Day 17, you will trek from Yamphudin to Ilam Bazar, descending from the higher elevation of 2090 meters (6,856 feet) to the lower altitude of 800 meters (2,624 feet). Enjoy a scenic trek as you make your way through lush forests, picturesque landscapes, and charming villages. Experience the transition from the Himalayan foothills to the lower valleys as you journey towards Ilam Bazar.

Day 18 : Drive from Kanyam to Bhadrapur and late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu

Food
Breakfas/ Ferwell Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

you will enjoy a scenic drive from Kanyam to Bhadrapur, where you will catch a late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. Take in the picturesque landscapes and bustling towns as you journey back towards Bhadrapur. Upon reaching Bhadrapur, you will board a flight that will take you back to Kathmandu, allowing you to reflect on the incredible trekking experience you had in the Himalayas. Enjoy the aerial views of the majestic mountains before landing in Kathmandu, where you can reminisce about your adventures and unwind after a memorable journey.

EBC Trek Trip Inclusion

  • Airports pick up from Kathmandu International Airport as arrival date and time
  • 2 Nights’ 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast(on the arrival day and after the Trekking)
  • Daily Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and tea/coffee during the Trekking
  • All accommodations in lodges/Tea Houses During the Treks
  • A professional English speaking Guide during the trek
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • All necessary trekking permits and TIMS card
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and from Biratnagar to Kathmandu
  • All ground transportation on Shared vehicles as mentioned on the itinerary
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag, and duffel bag by Northern Trekking Team (return after the trek
  • Trekking T-shirt and Trekking map
  • A first aid kit will be Available
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Lunch, dinner, and extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
  • International airfare, Nepal visa fee, travel insurance, and city tour sightseeing entry fees
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, WiFi, mobile battery charging, telephone calls, bar bills, alcohol, cold drinks, and hot showers
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section

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Kanchenjunga Circuit Short Trek

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